21 NCAC 68 .0507             CLIENT WELFARE

(a)  The substance abuse professional shall protect the safety and welfare of the client.

(b)  The substance abuse professional shall inform clients of the nature and direction of loyalties and responsibilities and keep all parties participating in the client's care informed of these commitments.

(c)  The substance abuse professional, in the presence of professional conflict, shall be concerned primarily with the welfare of the client.

(d)  The substance abuse professional shall withdraw services only after giving consideration to all factors in the situation and taking care to minimize adverse actual or possible effects.

(e)  The substance abuse professional shall, after minimizing any adverse impact, end a counseling or consulting relationship when the professional knows or should know that the client is not benefiting from services.

(f)  The substance abuse professional who anticipates the cessation or interruption of service to a client shall notify the client promptly and seek the cessation, transfer, referral, or continuation of service in relation to the client's needs and preferences.

(g)  The substance abuse professional shall not use a client in a demonstration where such participation would foreseeably harm the client.

(h)  The substance abuse professional shall deliver services in a setting that respects client privacy and confidentiality.

(i)  The substance abuse professional shall collaborate with other health care professionals providing treatment or support services to a client.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-113.30; 90-113.33; 90-113.39; 90-113.40; 90-113.43; 90-113.44;

Temporary Adoption Eff. October 23, 1995 for a period of 180 days or until the permanent rule becomes effective, whichever is sooner;

Eff. February 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2010; April 1, 2001; August 1, 2000.